Almost 5 years ago, I started this blog. God and You. I was a college student who was very hopeful to take off and start my career and earn money. Time flies. A month from now and I’m a married man. What you don’t know is that this is not what I had in mind.
Life was tougher than I thought
My mind was in a very simple state: “Work hard, climb the corporate ladder, get married at 25… Then keep working.” I couldn’t be more wrong. I failed tons of classes in school because of my addiction to computer games, and I was forced to work to help pay my tuition fee.
So I went and got myself hired as a sales agent by my dad’s company. My route was to go through Las Pinas to Cavite – all the way to GMA to sell construction supplies. It may not look it but the job was really tough. Driving around, looking for dirty hardwares to sell to. It was hot, selling was draining, and I wasn’t able to close much deals.
My commission was a measly 1% of all my sales.
Meaning I had to sell 1,000,000php worth of stocks before I could get a humble 10,000php payout.
I Learned the Value of Money
The respect I had for my dad went through the roof when I experienced being a sales agent. My dad’s been doing it for more than 25 years now. I have never appreciated my dad as much before I became a sales agent myself.
So I told myself I wasn’t going to let myself fail more subjects anymore. Earning money is tough. And I should respect it, not waste it.
My Outlook for a Wife
Here’s the simple list I had for the girl of my dreams:
1) She has to be a Christian. Someone of the same faith as I am. This is the most important trait I’m looking for in a partner in life.
2) She has to be Chinese. This is my dad’s foremost request from me in a girl I will marry. I didn’t want to let him down. Besides, I personally prefer Chinese girls too.
3) She has to have never had a boyfriend before. Crazy, right?
In all these, there’s this underlying thought that has followed me ever since. I would tell myself: “She has to be really simple. Nothing extravagant. Perhaps of a much lower class than me and my family so I won’t have to spend for our ‘Ting Hun’ and ‘Wedding’.”
You see, I didn’t have much money. My family’s not really rich. We’re in the middle class. Perhaps you’re telling yourself “But there’s an upper middle class.” Well, we’re not there. We’re either in the middle-middle class or even in the lower bracket.
I’m not proud or ashamed of it. It is what it is.
I didn’t want anything extravagant for engagement, for marriage, heck, for life! That’s because I knew I couldn’t possibly afford it.
Prayer and Fasting
2009 was the year I prayed and fasted for my future. I sought God for my partner in life, my career or business, and lots of other things. I knew God had a plan for me and I wanted to know it and follow it so I could please Him.
I fasted for 5 days drinking and eating nothing but water as I denied my flesh of any desire. I prayed really hard whenever I would feel the pangs of hunger gnaw at my empty stomach.
That was the year that started it all.
How God and You Changed my Life
Perhaps you didn’t know but this blog has blessed me more than it has blessed anyone else. I bought it with my last money and started writing for the Lord. When I met my fiancee, this was the first thing we talked about – and it was a wonderful conversation.
When I started to practice SEO, this blog was the first training ground and success I ever had. My business started from God and You.
Whatever I learned in life, whatever mistake I made, whatever great news I bore, I wrote it all here. God saw it and used this blog to change my life. A lot of awesome things I’ve ever experienced in life in the 5 short years since I bought and started this blog, has some tie and connection with God and You.
One Month to Go!
Yes I’m very, very excited. I love my fiancee very dearly and we are finally getting married after 3 long years of getting to know each other in a close relationship.
Our wedding is more than I could ever hope or dream of. It’s a wedding that I thought I would never have. And by God’s great grace, I can say that I am a very, very blessed man.
Who would’ve thought that a mere 2,000 pesos given up to the Lord would bring my life such wonderful joy?
This is my testimony. You have seen and read my story here. You know what the best part is?
You could let God write your love story too.
It doesn’t take much.